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Sweetgrass, Montana
GNIS feature ID 777367
Topographical map of the Sweet Grass area

Sweet Grass (also Sweetgrass) is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Toole County, Montana, United States, on the Canada–US border. It is the northern terminus of Interstate 15, an important route connecting western Canada, the western United States, and Mexico.

In 2004, a joint border facility opened at the Sweetgrass port of entry and Coutts, Alberta, housing both Canadian and American federal authorities. At 3,540 feet (1,080 m) in elevation, it is one of the higher border crossings.

Fire service is provided through the volunteer fire department in Coutts.

In popular culture

  • The town is referenced in the Marias Pass Approach/Route for TRS2006, via two portals on a BNSF Railway line that goes up to Sweet Grass.
  • Referenced to in "Alberta Bound" by Paul Brandt. ("... and so I cranked up the radio cause there’s just a little more to go for I’d cross the border at that Sweet Grass sign.")

Notable people

  • Earl W. Bascom (1906-1995), "Father of Modern Rodeo" and Hall of Fame Cowboy, artist, sculptor, actor, inventor, cowboyed in the 1920s on a ranch on Kicking Horse Creek once owned by his cousin C.M. Russell
  • Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), cowboy artist and sculptor ranched on Kicking Horse Creek near the Sweetgrass Hills
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